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William Butler Yeats Quotes

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William Butler Yeats quotes

Irish poets, learn your trade, sing whatever is well made, scorn the sort now growing up all out of shape from toe to top.

I wonder anybody does anything at Oxford but dream and remember, the place is so beautiful. One almost expects the people to sing instead of speaking. It is all like an opera.

Come away, O human child: To the waters and the wild with a fairy, hand in hand, For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.

People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.

An intellectual hatred is the worst.

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.

Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!

Once you attempt legislation upon religious grounds, you open the way for every kind of intolerance and religious persecution.

Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart. O when may it suffice?

The worst thing about some men is that when they are not drunk they are sober.

This melancholy London - I sometimes imagine that the souls of the lost are compelled to walk through its streets perpetually. One feels them passing like a whiff of air.

Nor dread nor hope attend a dying animal; a man awaits his end dreading and hoping all.

I have believed the best of every man. And find that to believe is enough to make a bad man show him at his best, or even a good man swings his lantern higher.

Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought - asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride, or design in their conversation.

But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.

Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

All empty souls tend toward extreme opinions.

The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.

In dreams begins responsibility.